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Southern Utah Indian tribe plants donated trees

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) – A California foundation has donated dozens of fruit trees to two southern Utah bands of the Paiute Tribe.

Volunteers from the San Diego-based Fruit Tree Planting Foundation spent the weekend and June 22 planting the community orchards on reservation land owned by the Shivwitz Band in Ivins and the Cedar Band in Hamilton Fort.

About 85 trees were planted including peaches, plums, nectarines, pomegranates, cherries, figs and almonds. Volunteers also put in irrigation lines and donated tools for use in caring for the trees.

Foundation Executive Director Cem Akin says the organization works to bring good nutrition to families through programs that last decades. He says trees last longer than a single donation of food.

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